Today, Gawker brought to our attention the prodigiously wise and incredibly funny musings of one Louis C.K. during his recent stint as guest on Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show. On the topic of children and cellphones, he explains precisely why he doesn’t want his children utilizing the anterior: empathy. They don’t learn empathy. Furthermore and perhaps more interestingly, he goes on to discuss the human condition—the deep sense of sadness that manifests under all the other Stuff with a capital S—that sense of, What are we here for? We’re all alone and it’s for nothing.
Watch the video for yourself. Laugh if you want but pay close attention so that when you’re through we can talk about the whole sadness bit. Do you agree that we may be using our digital appendages as a source of solace from thinking about the stuff we don’t want to think about and perhaps more largely: loneliness? I really liked his point toward the end on embracing sadness and the happiness that comes out of it, but then again maybe that old stereotype about comedians being incredibly dark is true.